Trek Club at the Movies

It has been a few months since the movie came out, but I wanted to share some photographs from my local screenings. Here’s a short peek at what it’s like to be part of a Star Trek group when a new movie opens.  
My local Star Trek group, the USS Wernher von Braun, had tables at two different theaters on the Friday and Saturday of the opening weekend of Star Trek Into Darkness. Two members of my group went above and beyond your usual movie promotional table, and made hundreds of gift bags with a comic, action figure, or tribble in each. Our group helped out a little with stuffing and sewing the tribbles at a few get togethers, but truthfully, Michael and Joanna and their family made the gift bags almost entirely on their own.
Tribbles in the making

They gave the gift bags away for free to anyone attending the movie. But that’s not where the awesomeness ends. They also donated a ton of amazing Star Trek memorabilia for free drawings at every movie screening. And we are talking about some super cool items.

Gorgeous plates
Lovely TOS action figures
The movie events were really fun. It was interesting, though, how many people couldn’t believe that we were giving away items for free. No fee to enter. No catch. Not even requiring that you sign up for an email list first.

It was fun to stand behind the table and have short, enthusiastic conversations about Star Trek with movie goers. I didn’t get to see the movie until Sunday of the opening weekend, but in the end, meeting so many old and new Trek fans was my favorite part of the movie experience. 

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Trek Out: TNG at the Movies

Last night I went to a screening of two episodes from the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation at my local movie theater. It was a one time showing, and was mainly to promote the release of the Blue-Ray editions.

My local chapter of Starfleet, the USS Wernher von Braun, was there handing out free Star Trek trading cards and entering people in a raffle for an autographed picture of Brent Spiner (Mr. Data).

I picked two trading cards to bring home. I haven’t gotten a good look at the trading cards before. Quite a few of them were trivia questions with slightly blurry photographs from episodes. But near the bottom of the stack I found these beauties:

Star Trek trading cards

I’m going to try framing them in a shadow box using tips from my favorite craft & geek blog, Epbot. I’ll let you know how it goes.

One of the cutest moments of the evening was when two young boys came in dressed in Star Trek outfits. They got their picture taken with the head officers of the USS Wernher von Braun, with everyone grinning and proudly signaling “live long and prosper.”

I was also able to borrow a uniform for the showing. It was my first time wearing a Star Trek uniform, and I was a bit nervous I’d look goofy or out of place.

Me in a Star Trek uniform

I wore black dress pants and black shoes, and then borrowed the top and the pin. This style is from Deep Space Nine. I like the simple cut and style of the top, even though my heart is more with TOS and TNG. I’d really love to have a science officer uniform (blue) from The Original Series someday, and make my own tricorder. In addition to my Gorn costume, of course.

The screening itself was a lot of fun. Watching Where No One Has Gone Before and Datalore was really enjoyable with a theater full of people. Where else can you hear the right kind of laughter when Picard says “Shut up, Wesley”? Fan community is why I love going to midnight screenings, why conventions feel like a party with friends I just haven’t met yet, and why I love to write and read genre.

The USS Wernher von Braun is having a workday next spring. We’re getting together to make tribbles to give away at the Star Trek 2 movie coming out next year. I hope they do what tribbles do best – multiply, and grow Roddenberry’s vision of a better future.

Have a Geeky Holiday!

I love my library.

Definitely for the books, where would I be without them? But also for all of the awesome events and programs that the library organizes to make me feel more connected with my community.

Right now the library is decorated with about thirty Christmas trees, all sponsored by community organizations. These organizations decorate the tree with club-themed ornaments and have informational displays and brochures by their tree. It makes the whole library feel festive, safe, and warm.

All of the trees are lovely, but there’s one that is my favorite.

This is the tree sponsored by my local chapter of Starfleet – the USS Wernher von Braun. I took one of the brochures home, and it made me smile for the rest of the day. I’m going to their meeting in January to see what the club is all about, and just to meet new people who like to talk Trek. 
Here’s a closer look at some of the ornaments:
Kirk overwhelmed with tribbles!
Astronaut outside the shuttle bay doors
Rocket launch, complete with fire and dust cloud at takeoff

Aren’t these awesome? I’m so glad my local Star Trek group has a tree at the library, so that I can daydream about having my own geek tree someday. 

Here’s hoping your holiday is full of the people you love and all of the geekery your heart desires!